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Beauty / Recipes | 30.03.2015

Debunking the chocolate-causes-acne myth

 

Chocolate causes acne. Chocolate doesn’t cause acne. Chocolate causes acne. Chocolate doesn’t cause acne.  That’s pretty much how the scientific debate over whether chocolate causes acne has gone for decades now.  

Whether you overindulge in chocolate only at Easter time, (because chocolate is EVERYWHERE at this time of year), or you have a soft spot for the sweet stuff all year round, it’s worth considering how it affects your skin.

Most research has found no credible link between eating chocolate and acne.  Some studies have found that it’s not the chocolate itself (the cocoa or cacao) that causes the breakouts (hooray!) but is more likely to be either the high sugar content or the milk content. 

Milk and white chocolate have bucketloads of sugar in them, and too much sugar can increase the body’s sebum production, which then creates an inflammatory response which can trigger acne.  

More recent evidence is pointing to any food that’s high on the glycemic index (GI), such as white bread, pasta or potatoes (and milk chocolate), which cause a spike in blood sugar levels. High GI carbs and sugar don't necessarily CAUSE acne, but they can definitely exacerbate it.

The reason why milk has been implicated is that the whey protein in milk leads to an increased release of insulin, while the casein protein leads to an increase of insulin-like growth factor (IGF). The lactose content of milk could also be a factor. 

Acne is caused by many factors including hormones and genetics, so foods don't actually cause it but can make a pre-existing condition worse.

Which chocolate do you choose? 

Even though scientists haven’t reached a consensus on chocolate and acne, there’s one thing they do agree on: that good quality dark chocolate is a lot better for you than milk or white chocolate. It has less milk and sugar in it for a start, and even contains some antioxidants, which are actually GOOD for your skin.

Some cheaper brands of chocolate are high in saturated fat or partially hydrogenated fats (trans fats) which can increase inflammation and are generally just bad news.

So go for a moderate amount of organic dark chocolate or cacao (the healthiest form of chocolate as it's unprocessed) and your skin will be fine. 

Researchers also agree that rather than focusing on one culprit — chocolate — we need to focus on our overall diet and how it affects our skin. For healthy, glowing skin, avoid high GI foods like refined carbs, soft drinks, sugary foods, cakes and biscuits. Instead, opt for a light diet of unprocessed and preferably organic foods that are high in skin-nourishing nutrients like vitamin C, A, E, zinc, omega-3 and omega-6.

And remember to drink plenty of pure, cleansing water. Your skin loves it!  

Ease acne with our 4-step home remedy:

If you have an Easter acne breakout or just a few pimples, try this simple 4-step home remedy:

1. Make sure your skin is clean and free of dirt particles and toxins by cleansing with our Balancing Foaming Cleanser, a lightly foaming wash that gently cleanses the skin and removes excess oil and impurities.

2. Spritz your face with our Neroli Blossom Balancing Mist Toner. This is an astringent, citrus-scented toner that enlivens your skin and your senses with a burst of freshness, toning and tightening the pores.

3. Dab our Clarity Balm onto the pimples. It will cleanse and dry acne-prone areas of your skin and and remove excess oil. The bioactive native extracts we use in this product that REALLY work well on acne are kakadu plum, native pomegranate and mountain pepper berry.

4. If your skin is feeling dry, smooth on a little of our Aloe Vera Moisturiser, which is specifically formulated for acne prone skin. 

RAW CHOCOLATE BOUNTY EGG RECIPE:

Ingredients: 

Coconut Filling

Chocolate Coating

 Method

  1. Add coconut oil and coconut milk to a medium size bowl and whisk to combine well (you want to make sure that there is no separation)
  2. Add honey, vanilla essence and sea salt and mix well.
  3. Add the shredded coconut and mix until well combined.
  4. Roll mixture into small balls that would resemble an Easter egg and place on a lined dish and place in the freezer for approximately 90 minutes to set.
  5. To make the chocolate coating, melt the coconut oil in saucepan on low heat.
  6. Once melted, add the honey or alternative sweetener, whisking until well combined.
  7. Add the cacao powder, stirring well until well combined. 
  8. Take the coconut balls out of the freezer, dip each piece into the chocolate sauce and placed on a wire rack on top of lined baking tray 
  9. Freeze until the chocolate has hardened (approximately 30 - 60 minutes)
Tip

Prepare another batch of chocolate and dip the eggs a second time and freeze again 

Enjoy!

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